David R Edwards
October 28, 1945 – November 22, 2019
David R. Edwards, age 74, of Sevierville, went home to Jesus on November 22, 2019. David was born on October 28, 1945 in Miami, Florida to William and Eula Edwards. He received a call into the Gospel ministry at the age of 18 and upon graduation from high school attended Apostolic Bible College in St. Paul, MN. After college he served three years at his home church in Miami and was called as an Associate Pastor in Columbus, Ohio for two and a half years. David was called to Delaware, Ohio where he served as Pastor for five years. In 1976 David and his wife Ruth and children were appointed as missionaries to the Iberian Peninsula pastoring three churches in Lisbon, Portugal. Upon returning to the States he pastored churches in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Cocoa, Florida. In 1982 David and family began their term to serve as missionaries in West Germany for four years. In 1987 he took the Senior Pastor at Tri-County Pentecostal Church in Cutler, Illinois. Due to health reasons he retired from active ministry and retired to Sevierville, Tennessee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth Edwards; daughter, Rachel Lynn Edwards Peavey and husband Timothy (Buck) Peavey; son, Jonathan David Edwards and wife Cynthia Edwards; grandson, Joshua David Alexander Edwards.
Family and friends will meet 11AM Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Berry Highland Chapel for a Celebration of Life Memorial. Rev. Jonathan J. Maki of DeWitt, Michigan officiating. Arrangements by Berry Highland South, 9010 E. Simpson Road, Knoxville, TN 37920 www.berryhighlandsouth.com
- Celebration of Life Memorial Saturday, November 30, 2019
David R Edwards
November 26, 2019
David and Ruth were my next door neighbors for almost 10 years in Sevierville. Both lovely and Christian people, surely the strength of their prayers for all neighbors kept us safe and well! When David's pain got bad he found relief mowing his manicured lawn on his riding mower much to my husband's dismay - for if theirs was done, ours had to follow, and so it went down the street! Ruth was always the hostess of the neighborhood, and brought us all together in a tight and loving group. David's absence will be felt deeply by one and all. Rest well, dear man, you have earned your peace.
Patricia Harper Vaughn
November 26, 2019
I was greatly saddened by this hugh loss I will never forget him. I remember all the times growing up when he would spend the summers with us good times of laughter with family. We were so close in age I used to tell him ok "old man" stop having birthdays as you are dragging me behind you and he would burst out with that laugh that only he had. Remember Ruth, Rachel and Johnathan just because he is not longer with us my love of family still continues.
Dee &Jim Berdy
November 25, 2019
I remember when Ruth told me that David would pray for all of his neighbors every morning. We are neighbors, and we were so very touched. That was the type of Christian man he was. A soft spoken man with a lovely way about him, who was constantly in pain, but kept a smile for his friends. Certainly, a life well lived. Our hearts are heavy, for us all, but not for him. He is seeing Heaven.
November 24, 2019
Randy was a very sweet and thoughtful cousin; I will always remember his jolly laugh and delightful sense of humor. My husband and I send our love and sincere condolences to Ruth, Rachel and Jonathan. The world will not be the same without him.